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“Practically Unworthy”: German General criticized the state of the Luftwaffe

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The German Air Force does not currently have modern fighters, and the Luftwaffe-armed Eurofighter Typhoon needs urgent modernization. The country's air force is not operational. This statement was made by Lieutenant General Luftwaffe Ingo Gerhartz.


“Practically Unworthy”: German General criticized the state of the Luftwaffe


According to the German general, the fighters in service with the German Air Force no longer meet modern requirements and need urgent modernization. This is especially true for fighter radars. According to the plans of the German Ministry of Defense, he noted, the modernization program would not begin until 2022, although the Captor-E radar planned for installation on the Eurofighter Typhoon began to be developed back in 2007 specifically for these very fighters.

The general said that German fighter jets received full and regular maintenance only from last year.

While partners use the fifth-generation F-35 and other modern combat vehicles, Germany is armed with the old Eurofighter Typhoo and, in general, rare 1984 Tornadoes of the model year. Correct the situation will allow either a thorough modernization, or the purchase of new fighters. Otherwise, the German Air Force will simply not be operational

- stated Ingo Gerharts.

Earlier in the German Ministry of Defense recognized the BBC as the Achilles heel of the Bundeswehr. According to published data on the training of Air Force pilots, for 2018, only 512 of 875 pilots were able to fly the required minimum, although the NATO order says that a pilot must fly at least 180 flight hours in a year and only 40 of them can be performed on an airplane simulator. The main reason for this is the poor technical condition of the aircraft in service with the Air Force.

Recall that in February this year, the German Ministry of Defense decided to abandon the purchase of Lockheed Martin's F-35 and removed the aircraft from a tender involving the purchase of new aircraft to replace the Tornado.
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  1. Mountain shooter
    Mountain shooter 7 November 2019 14: 53
    +5
    Well then ... we will not cry. laughing
    1. Sky strike fighter
      Sky strike fighter 7 November 2019 15: 09
      +13
      It is a pity that this is not yet the state of the Luftwaffe immediately after 1945, but close to that. Ursula Von Der Leyen did a great job. We wish her continued "success" in her high post in the EU. We hope for the corresponding results. feel yes
      1. SKIF555
        SKIF555 7 November 2019 15: 12
        +2
        Really looking forward to.
      2. neri73-r
        neri73-r 7 November 2019 15: 14
        +1
        Quote: Sky Strike fighter
        It is a pity that this is not the state of the Luftwaffe immediately after 1945, but close to that.

        You know, it’s not a fact that it’s good, it’s good, and the USA. The Germans cannot jerk against them. And they began to feel the tendency to independence, which, even with a strong economy, is an empty phrase without an army.
        1. Sky strike fighter
          Sky strike fighter 7 November 2019 15: 23
          +3
          It’s good that the Germans cannot jerk, because today they are jerking against them, and tomorrow they are against us. Let them sit exactly. wink
          1. neri73-r
            neri73-r 7 November 2019 15: 38
            0
            Quote: Sky Strike fighter
            Let them sit evenly.

            When they sit exactly, then in fact they work for the Anglo-Saxons! It was interesting to us if they were an independent center of power, including with the ability to pull them to our side.
        2. nPuBaTuP
          nPuBaTuP 7 November 2019 15: 36
          +3
          If the mattresses are trampled against the Hans, then I think Russia will fit for the Hans ..
        3. zero fact
          zero fact 7 November 2019 15: 40
          +1
          An explicit attempt to dissociate itself from the United States on this strategically important issue. Entirely in line with the doctrine of the Russian Federation on the world stage.
        4. antivirus
          antivirus 7 November 2019 18: 15
          +1
          apathy - the United States is tired of lying and a new generation of military should grow up on the independent policy of Germany. then arrogance will appear
  2. rocket757
    rocket757 7 November 2019 15: 01
    +3
    “Practically Unworthy”: German General criticized the state of the Luftwaffe

    Is this news?
    Shaw, we wrote there, discussing their former Minister of Defense? Who will remember?
    1. Sky strike fighter
      Sky strike fighter 7 November 2019 15: 13
      +3
      What did we write there? It was necessary to pour kerosene on German planes at night and set it on fire. And so it did not bring the matter to its logical conclusion. crying
      1. novobranets
        novobranets 7 November 2019 15: 18
        +2
        Well, Frau didn’t have time, she didn’t. request
        1. Sky strike fighter
          Sky strike fighter 7 November 2019 15: 26
          +1
          We hope that her successor will not let us down in this important matter, she will finish what she started. yes
          1. novobranets
            novobranets 7 November 2019 15: 29
            +1
            It is important that you would not be distracted by any photo shoots like your predecessor, but would carry gas canisters at night.
  3. rotmistr60
    rotmistr60 7 November 2019 15: 04
    +2
    The country's air force is not operational
    So the money instead of the defense goes to the maintenance of immigrants, who, by the will of Merkel in Germany, are already higher than the roof. Yes, and the previous Minister of Defense was more concerned about the situation of pregnant women with disabilities than aviation.
  4. SKIF555
    SKIF555 7 November 2019 15: 10
    0
    Hi Faterlandu! How many pilots from the Air Force of the GDR in the ranks .......... themselves and perished.
  5. ABM
    ABM 7 November 2019 15: 13
    0
    Germans do not believe in war! and rightly so. By the way, and ours do not believe
  6. Armata T-14
    Armata T-14 7 November 2019 15: 13
    +1
    While partners use the fifth generation F-35

    F-35 is not the 5th generation - there is no super-maneuverability, there is no prolonged supersonic without afterburner. 4 ++ maximum, but rather even 4+
    1. Sky strike fighter
      Sky strike fighter 7 November 2019 15: 19
      0
      Barely reaches F-35 to 4 ------. In the dustbin of history this blotchka (lightning).
      1. voyaka uh
        voyaka uh 7 November 2019 15: 24
        +5
        In the trash of a flightless pregnant penguin! am
        1. Sky strike fighter
          Sky strike fighter 7 November 2019 15: 36
          0
          Israel must become a pioneer in this matter. good
          1. voyaka uh
            voyaka uh 7 November 2019 15: 45
            +5
            Israel is a pioneer in this endeavor!
            Our task is to quickly collect 50 flightless pregnant 2nd generation penguins in your garbage dump. And think about purchasing the following. It will be a world mockery ... wassat
            1. Kasym
              Kasym 7 November 2019 19: 52
              +2
              Alexei, here is another proof that nobody in the United States puts AFAR in series.
              The Swedes are also just getting ready to put a similar radar on their fighter. hi
              1. Armata T-14
                Armata T-14 8 November 2019 20: 19
                0
                Like this? They stand on the MiG-35, on the Su-57 too
                1. SovAr238A
                  SovAr238A 12 November 2019 07: 32
                  0
                  Quote: Armata T-14
                  Like this? They stand on the MiG-35, on the Su-57 too


                  where, where are they?
                  What models?
                  really?
            2. WIKI
              WIKI 7 November 2019 20: 24
              0
              In my opinion, people did not understand your irony.
  7. MoJloT
    MoJloT 7 November 2019 15: 19
    0
    “Practically Unworthy”: German General criticized the state of the Luftwaffe
    That's it, Putin leaked ...
    1. Sky strike fighter
      Sky strike fighter 7 November 2019 15: 30
      0
      Quote: MoJloT
      “Practically Unworthy”: German General criticized the state of the Luftwaffe
      That's it, Putin leaked ...

      At the Luftwaffe? He wasn't the only one who probably did it. Now you can. After all the reforms over the Luftwaffe. Long live the peaceful sky above your head. fellow smile
  8. knn54
    knn54 7 November 2019 15: 33
    0
    Really zrad?
  9. Thrifty
    Thrifty 7 November 2019 15: 36
    0
    So a phrase from one movie comes into my head - "Hans, hello from Aunt Moti"! lol
  10. Livonetc
    Livonetc 7 November 2019 15: 36
    +3
    Come on.
    But what about the article for today is somewhat lower on VO.
    Where a German pilot in a simulation fight on Eurofighter did F35.

    PS And the pilots of the GDR were really high-class specialists.
  11. askort154
    askort154 7 November 2019 15: 41
    +3
    Earlier in the German Ministry of Defense recognized the BBC as the Achilles heel of the Bundeswehr.

    That's for sure. Annual reports raise the same problem for the German Air Force.
    And everything is logical. USA after 1945 took full "patronage" over the FRG, taking out of it all the leading specialists and designers in all types of weapons.
    From Germany was required only one thing, regularly pay them 2% of its GDP.
    As long as the US military bases are located in Germany, they will not allow them to independently increase their defense capabilities. Therefore, weak voices are now being heard in the EU about the creation of their own armed forces. They are already less and less, trust
    American "umbrella". Therefore, the United States is now moving its "center of safe"
    in Europe, from Germany and France - to Poland with the Baltic states. yes
    1. Corn
      Corn 7 November 2019 17: 22
      0
      USA after 1945 took full "patronage" over the FRG, taking out of it all the leading specialists and designers in all types of weapons.
      If there are no "leading specialists" left in Germany, then who created tornadoes, typhoons, eurocopters, leopards, marders, boxers and a whole mountain of all kinds of shooters ??
      From Germany was required only one thing, regularly pay them 2% of its GDP.
      But from now on, in more detail, if possible.
  12. bars1
    bars1 7 November 2019 17: 05
    0
    What for themselves they have at least - 180 hours! Our people don't even dream of such a “minimum!” 110 hours are already considered a lot.
  13. Chaldon48
    Chaldon48 7 November 2019 17: 06
    0
    Wow, but Germany is the locomotive of Europe, I wonder how things are with the Air Force in France. And how are they going to overcome the "Russian threat" with such opportunities?
    1. bars1
      bars1 7 November 2019 17: 38
      0
      Yes, better than the Germans: Rafal from the very beginning with the PFAR goes. And now planes with AFAR have begun to arrive. And in Germany, EF-2000 is still with the ancient SCHAR.
  14. Corn
    Corn 7 November 2019 17: 07
    -2
    the fighter aircraft in service with the German Air Force no longer meet modern requirements and need urgent modernization. This is especially true for fighter radars.
    And I don’t even know who to believe, the German general with statements that in our time it is impossible to fight without AFAR, or to domestic experts who say that all these modern radars are not needed by Russian aircraft ...
    1. Chaldon48
      Chaldon48 8 November 2019 01: 03
      0
      This is the talk of the liberals, they not only do not need modern aircraft, but Russia, as an independent power, is not needed.
  15. bars1
    bars1 7 November 2019 17: 35
    0
    Quote: Corn
    or to domestic experts who say that Russian aircraft do not need all these modern radars ...

    "The horse will still show itself" ...
  16. Prisoner
    Prisoner 7 November 2019 17: 51
    +1
    Do not worry, General. Let the mattresses have a headache. wink
  17. Ros 56
    Ros 56 7 November 2019 17: 53
    0
    And what did they expect from the gynecologist?
  18. Vasyan1971
    Vasyan1971 7 November 2019 19: 49
    +1
    All battle-worthy lithaki protect the tribalt. Take turns.
  19. rumpeljschtizhen
    rumpeljschtizhen 7 November 2019 20: 02
    +2
    .... There is nothing to be merry about ..... The Germans can quickly restore their military potential .... brains ... their industry and money are more than ours ... And since they were puzzled by this ..... They will do it quickly and efficiently .... The point here is their political will .... I hope they do not need it. But it doesn’t need to hang about 1944 - 1945 .. It wasn’t us who won, but our grandfathers and great-grandfathers .... and now ..... I’m not sure
  20. Incvizitor
    Incvizitor 7 November 2019 20: 22
    0
    Own planes are not needed, in the occupied country live the inheritance of the owners to wave, buying fu.
    1. rumpeljschtizhen
      rumpeljschtizhen 7 November 2019 20: 23
      0
      People they are pragmatic ..... But with disruptions laughing it is clear that they and we do not see a threat in each other. Different peoples have different temporary historical memories .... Swedes have been there for almost 200 years .... Some need to be reminded more often .... But the world is changing ..
  21. Saboteur Holuy
    Saboteur Holuy 7 November 2019 22: 11
    0
    In Europe, the best air force at the moment in the Netherlands
    1. rumpeljschtizhen
      rumpeljschtizhen 8 November 2019 00: 35
      0
      Not really ..... A few f 35 doesn't make the Netherlands the best air force
  22. iouris
    iouris 8 November 2019 23: 48
    0
    1) The state is called "Germany", which means that the general is "German". Germans are all foreigners who do not understand Russian, but at the same time they do not speak Turkic languages. 2) Everything is fine with them. It's just that the demands are high and rising.